Presenting the Next Great Console: OUYA

As a long time gamer I have to say many of my fondest moments from the Nintendo up have been on my televisions. From the first time I rescued the princes to fighting Nazis and now through the new adventures they have mostly been console experiences since my computer wasn’t that good growing up. Now many developers are moving into the mobile market because it is the current fad but the point is even with a smart phone we miss out on a lot of games.

That time is about to pass now as the dream of being able to play those great games that the developers put their heart and souls into, that are games for and by gamers once again is becoming a reality with the OUYA. The concept can not be simpler, the OUYA is an open sourced Android powered platform that allows developers easy access to take their games and put them on the big screen in our living or gaming rooms.

This is great for both developers and gamers. Developers have the easy to develop for Android operating system. This brings development back to the pants-less programers in the garage days where anyone can produce games for the television. For us gamers we have a system that is simple, cheap and offers every game for free. With the free to play model gamers are rewarded for their interest in games and can reward those that do well with a purchase after the demo, buying extra content, or subscribing.

While that is all well and good it would be meaningless without the developer support that sank consoles like the Gamecube. Several of the famous talents that have brought us epic games have thrown in their support for the OUYA.

This has the potential to be the game developer’s console. It’s about time!” — Brian Fargo (founder of inXile)

“Who wouldn’t want a beautiful piece of industrial design that sells for $99, plugs straight into your TV, and gives you access to a huge library of games?” – Jordan Mechner (creator of Prince of Persia, Karateka)

“If OUYA delivers on the promise of being the first true open gaming platform that gives indie developers access to the living room gaming market, yes that is a great idea. We will follow the development of OUYA and see how it resonates with gamers. I could see all current Mojang games go on the platform if there’s a demand for it.” – Mojang (developer of Minecraft)

“I’m excited for OUYA! I am a firm believer that there is always room to challenge the status quo.” — Jenova Chen (thatgamecompany, creator of flOw, Cloud, and Flower)

“The prospect of an affordable, open console — that’s an idea I find really exciting.” — Adam Saltsman (Semi Secret, creator of Canabalt)

“Our games will work so well on a TV, we just need an easy way to get them there. OUYA could be it.” — Marek Rabas (Madfinger Games)

“An open game console that gives independent game developers the flexibility to experiment with their games and business models on the TV, is something that’s long overdue.” – David Edery (Spry Fox, creator of Triple Town)

In true sense of community the creators of the OUYA are also making their console completely hackable from day one. The brilliant minds who like to take apart a console and modify it to their liking or create amazing peripherals are going to receive full support for their endeavors. If they ask they will even be provided with the blueprints for the console.

Specifications:

Tegra3 quad-core processor
1GB RAM
8GB of internal flash storage
HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth LE 4.0
USB 2.0 (one)
Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
Android 4.0

To produce this new console the developers went for a Kickstarter Campaign that has already reached its funding and then some. Now up to 3.6 million dollars you can pre-purchase the console by backing their Kickstarter Campaign and get your gamertag reserved with a special founders emblem next to it. This will only set you back by $100 a relatively cheap price in today’s console market.

OUYA Kickstarter

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